Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

2 December 2013

South Africa: Zuma Fallout and Numsa's Future Party - a Long-Term Dance

analysis

To a political alien from another system, President Jacob Zuma must look like a boxer on the ropes. Pow! Pow! Pow! The scandals just keep on coming. Nkandla! Zuma Spy Tapes! Corruption charges! And they're all, quite literally, at that large "fire pool" on his doorstep.

To someone from what we South Africans sometimes like to a call a "normal" country, it would seem that Zuma stands no chance; he's going to be impeached. As South Africans, we all know differently.

It seems almost impossible to us that anything will happen to Zuma at all, despite what now seems to be serious findings that he benefited from, and directed, the upgrade/building of a village at his Nkandla home. But this could turn out to be low point of a political system in which those at the top are able to act with impunity. Because in the wind, a correction seems to be coming.

In the middle-class media in this country, which is pretty much all of it, the refrain from the pissed-off burgers of the northern suburbs is that in any other country, Zuma would not get away with this. That it is proof we have failed...

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